SMU coach Larry Brown critical of college basketball’s new rules

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The new rule changes in college basketball are going to be a prominent storyline early this season.

As with any changes, there is going to be an adjustment period with the officials, players and coaches.

Count SMU coach Larry Brown among those who were never in favor of the changes. He saw similar changes made in the NBA and didn’t feel it improved the game as desired.

And he predicts a similar fate in the college game.

“I saw it in the NBA and it was terrible,” Brown said after SMU’s season-opening victory over TCU on Friday night.

“I couldn’t agree more with freedom of movement and trying to open up the game, but I’ve said this my entire career — until you figure out how to have more shots, you’re not going to get more scoring by putting people on the free-throw line. That’s going to be the end result.”

Brown predicted teams will adjust to the new rule changes by playing more zone defense. The rules call for stricter hand-check calls and are also designed to make it more difficult to draw charges.

Brown said he believes the best way to improve the game is to teach the fundamentals better and try to get college players to understand that only a small percentage have the ability to be legitimately “one-and-done.”

“Make kids more fundamentally sound, teach them how to pass and catch and cut and shoot and then you’d have a better game,” Brown said. “We’re playing them too young, we’re not working enough on fundamentals. We’re putting them into systems rather than teaching them how to play.

“That’s the end result of what they’re talking about. So figure out a way how to get more scoring, more shots. That’s the only way I know — better fundamentals.”

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